Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Refugee’s long, difficult journey ends in Melbourne

6 August 20180 comments

Afghan refugee Mirwais Janbaz vividly remembers his first brush with death.

As a seven-year-old he was sent by his family to buy bread at a shop just 100 metres from his home.

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The population debate – what’s a stake

6 August 20180 comments

In just a matter of weeks, Australia’s population will reach 25 million; a milestone that has come around much quicker than expected.

Twenty years ago, there were estimates that our population wouldn’t hit the 25 million mark until 2041.

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Scholarship recognises refugee’s passion for justice

6 July 20181 comment

An Afghan refugees brought up in a society that denied education to women has won a prestigious scholarship to Oxford University.

Sitarah Mohammadi was eight years old when she first learnt to read and write. As a child, she was told that girls and women didn’t need an education.

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Refugees in Australia safe and grateful, survey finds

28 June 20180 comments

Newly arrived refugees overwhelmingly find Australia a safe and welcoming place that is relatively free from racism, a new survey has found.

Getting stable work and seeing their children educated and prosper are the priorities for most refugees; and safety and security as well as lifestyle and leisure opportunities are the things they most appreciate about Australia.

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Three times a refugee

8 June 20181 comment

Wafaa Fhaid’s family are refugees three times over.

As Iraqi-Palestinians, they have been forced to flee their homes three times in the past half-decade as conflict after conflict has plagued the Middle East.

Forced to leave her home in Iraq in 2007 after violence against Palestinians flared in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, she and her family found temporary refuge in Syria.

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Dream of world peace slipping away

8 June 20180 comments

The number of refugees fleeing conflicts has soared to 1 percent of the world’s total population, the highest level in modern history, according to a new report.

The 2018 Global Peace Index shows the world is less peaceful now than at any time in the last 10 years with terrorism and internal conflict the two biggest contributors.

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Media Releases

March 2014

Media Release: Rising numbers of asylum seekers volunteering in the community

17 March 20140 comments

Asylum seekers in Melbourne are volunteering in droves as they try to find ways to make a contribution, occupy...

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February 2014

Media Release: High flyer comes home to ‘make a difference’

20 February 20140 comments

Sheridan Mills walked away from a high-flying career in commercial design and project management because he wanted to...

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Media Release: New edition of ‘What’s the law?’ – Australian law for new arrivals

17 February 20140 comments

A free education kit, explaining Australian law to new arrivals and designed for use in the Adult Migrant English...

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Media Release: Program getting skilled migrants into work

14 February 20140 comments

An innovative new program is succeeding in getting newly arrived skilled migrants into jobs that fit their qualifications...

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